Paul J. Pantano Jr.

Partner

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1211
F 202 303 2211
ppantanowillkie.com

Paul J. Pantano, Jr. focuses his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives law. He represents energy companies, commodity and swap dealers, brokerage firms and trade associations in a wide variety of transactional, regulatory, investigative and litigation matters. 

Paul regularly represents clients in investigations and regulatory matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and commodity exchanges.

Paul is ranked in Chambers USA 2018, Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Band 1; and Nationwide, Capital Markets: Derivatives, Band 2. In Chambers Global 2018, his rankings are USA, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Band 1 and USA, Capital Markets: Derivatives, Band 3. Paul was recognized, based on a peer review process, as Lawyer of the Year for Derivatives and Futures Law in Washington, DC by Best Lawyers for 2018. He is also ranked in Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2018.

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Highlights

Paul J. Pantano, Jr. focuses his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives law. He represents energy companies, commodity and swap dealers, brokerage firms and trade associations in a wide variety of transactional, regulatory, investigative and litigation matters. 

Selected Significant Matters

Government Investigations

  • Represented scores of wholesale energy and commodity dealers, merchants, producers and end users in CFTC, FERC and joint CFTC-FERC investigations, several of which were closed without the initiation of enforcement actions
  • Negotiated many settlements with the CFTC, FERC and exchanges on behalf of energy and commodity trading companies
Acquisitions
  • Represented several international financial institutions in selling their commodities businesses
  • Represented the power marketing affiliate of an international financial institution in connection with the sale of its U.S. power and natural gas trading business to an affiliate of a major international oil company
  • Represented J. Aron & Company/Goldman Sachs in acquiring the international commodity trading business of Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc.
  • Represented Merrill Lynch in negotiating a complex financing and tax-equity investment commitment for the construction of a series of geothermal power plants
  • Represented Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. in their acquisition of Entergy-Koch Trading, LP
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in acquisitions of several portfolios of physical and financially-settled energy commodity transactions

* Paul advised on these matters at his prior firm.

Prior Experience

Prior to entering private practice, Paul was a trial attorney in the Division of Enforcement of the CFTC, where he represented the commission in numerous civil and administrative enforcement actions.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Paul is a past chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law. He is a member of the Energy Bar Association, the Law & Compliance Division of the Futures Industry Association and a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he co-taught a graduate law course on the regulation of commodity and derivatives transactions. He is a member of the Duke Law Alumni Board of Visitors.

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